The Arts and Civil Society in Diplomacy

Conference: The Barcelona Conference on Arts, Media & Culture (BAMC2021)
Title: The Arts and Civil Society in Diplomacy
Stream: Arts Practices
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Noriko Furukawa-Taniguchi, Soka University (Alumni), Japan


Could the arts change the current world that threatens human dignity and advance humanity?
Due to the global pandemic caused by Covid-19 in 2019-2021, the world is forced undergo a crisis; humanity is facing threat to basic life security alongside other urgent issues including climate and economic crises, a widening wealth gap; more people have begun to seek sustainable ways of life in these uncertain times. Humanity is at a crossroad.
Cultural diplomacy has been expanded based on the idea of soft power theory which Joseph S. Ney, Jr, co-founder of neoliberalism developed.[1] However, cultural disciplines argue[2] that the definition has been interpreted in different ways[3] and many states governments practice it for national interest which is different from using cultural relations for mutual cooperation.
This presentation discusses the civil society’s efforts in diplomacy through the use of performing arts which includes the case studies: Live 8 in the United Kingdom, The West Eastern Divan Orchestra in the Middle East and Min-On Concert Association in Japan. It will provide an insight into the roles of art and civil society in influencing diplomacy in international relations, in order to advance human solidarity and resolve global issues.

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